In January I suffered a tragedy when my rear-projection big screen TV of ten years died. So after the requisite period of mourning (about a week of futile reset attempts and fuse replacements) I accepted my loss, opened it up and stripped the guts out looking for useful parts. When this was done the TV was a hollow shell of its former self. I was preparing to drag it from the house and slice it into trash-can friendly sized pieces when my wife suggested it would a great cat house. Or Cattery that is part play ground and litter box camouflage. With her able assistance I transferred the shell to my workshop to begin the transformation from gutted corpse to cat condo. Here's how I did it... 

Step 1: Tools and Materials

Here's the materials I used to make the Big Screen Cattery:
  • 60" rear projection TV frame
  • 60" rear projection TV front cover plates
  • 60" rear projection TV rear cover
  • Scrap wood
  • Carpet remnants
  • Hemp twine
  • Wood screws (many)
  • Machine screws with nuts and spacers (x2)
  • Eye screws (x2)
  • Dull dog toenail trimmers (x2)
  • Sugru
  • L-Bracket
I used the following tools:
  • Jig saw
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Drill (with spade, regular, counter sinking, Philips, and Torx bits)
  • Drill bit sizer
  • Dremel (with cutting wheels and grinding stones)
  • Tape measure
  • Ruler
  • Marker and pencil
  • Utility knife (with replacement blades)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ball-peen Hammer
  • Chisel
  • Bent nose pliers
  • Pocket reference book
  • Calculator
  • Clamps
  • Level

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Bio: I'm cheap and like to use what I have on hand and I really enjoy taking things apart to salvage parts. Rather than be ... More »
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